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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Fair organizers accept ice challenge

  • The ALS ice bucket challenge, a global campaign to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, makes a splash in Shawnee tonight.
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  • The ALS ice bucket challenge, a global campaign to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, makes a splash in Shawnee tonight.
    Pottawatomie County Free Fair board members accept the challenge at 7 p.m. at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, location of the Sept. 3-6 fair.
    Hadley Griffith, daughter of board member Matt Griffith, is a fair 4-H ambassador. Event volunteer Suzanne Gilbert said Hadley challenged the board to the ice bucket phenomenon, which requires participants to pour cold water over their heads.
    “Some of them said ‘where do we donate?’” Gilbert laughed.
    The viral challenge permits a donation in lieu of participation, though Gilbert anticipates several members will walk away soaked.
    “They were all pretty good about it,” she said of the board’s reaction. “It touches a lot of people.”
    The challenge gets the green light after members put in labor for a fowl tradition. Gilbert said the ice dousing takes place on the south end of the Otto Krause Building, the area where members will have set up chicken coups, a fair custom.
    “They’re not just a board that makes decisions, they’re a board that works,” she said.
    Because ice bucket challenges typically end with participants daring new contenders, the evening may contain surprises as to where the challenge travels next.
    “It will be fun,” Gilbert said. “It’s a great event for families."

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